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Opalesque Roundup: How a long/short hedge fund model based on blue-green algae cell biology made 32% in one day: hedge fund news, week 20

Saturday, May 13, 2017

In the week ending 13 May, 2017, Opalesque reported how Professor Desmond Lun is using cell biology to understand the financial markets. Much like the genes and cells he studied in biology, financial markets have touchpoints that influence each other and can change how the market reacts or expresses itself. With the help of several algorithms and financial models, Lun aims to figure out where the market is mispriced and go long or short accordingly. Most recently Dr. Lun was in the news for making money off of the Brexit vote by leveraging data from academic studies of blue-green algae to understand how markets might react. His use of this data to trade the market generated a 32 percent return on the day of the vote.

Meanwhile in Germany, Marcus Storr told investors not to confuse or mix up factors and risk premia. A study by Preqin found that hedge fund managers are demanding value from their service providers, like administrators, fund custodians, prime brokers, fund auditors, fund marketers and law firms. The Family Office Exchange showed that a majority of family offices are hiring personnel for direct private equity investments; research showed that hedge funds were most likely to switch prime brokers when reviewing their service provider relationships; and a UN-backed body is quizzing hedge funds over their sustainable credentials.

Fidelity has launched the first private fund via an IM-WFOE in China, but challenges remain.

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.54% in April (+2.90% YTD); The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index ......................

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